Cummins Falls State Park

Cummins Falls

The Adventure Guide to Cummins Falls State Park includes trail descriptions, photographs of the trails, comments from our hike, the custom Park topo map, and trail GPS tracklogs. The guide will familiarize you with the Park and help you on your hike.

Trail Data

Date Hiked: 19Mar2012 - updated 23Feb12

Address: 1225 Cummins Mill Road, Cookeville, TN 38501 (Entrance off of Blackburn Fork Rd)

Latitude: 36.2525, Longitude: -85.5660 (for Parking Area)

Trail Rating: easy to difficult (see below)

Round-Trip Mileage: 2 miles

For Map, GPS, and more go to Page 2


From Interstate 40, take exit 280. Follow Hwy 56 N toward Baxter and Gainesboro. Turn right (east) in 7.75 miles onto Hwy 290 - Old Gainesboro Hwy. Travel one mile and turn left (north) onto Cummins Mill Rd. In 2.1 miles the turn left onto Blackburn Fork Rd - the Park entrance is .20 mile on the left. Follow the gravel road for .50 mile to a gravel parking area on the right.

The Trails

During the last year, there have been some changes to the trails at Cummins Falls. A new trailhead has been established with access to the parking area.

Trailhead at the west of the Parking area

The trailhead is located on the west side of the parking area (left as you enter the parking area). Look for the trail kiosk.

Downstream Trail

Start of the trail

Pick up the trail near the kiosk and enter the woods.

Trail comes to a Y

In .10 mile the trail comes to a Y. For the Downstream Trail - take the Shortcut Trail to the right.

Trail junctions with the Downstream Trail

A short .05 mile brings the trail to an unsigned junction (as of 2/23/2013) with the Downstream Trail. To the left it is .30 mile to the end of the Falls Overlook Trail and to the right leads to Blackburn Fork Creek.

downstream trail

Turn right and follow the trail downstream for .25 mile to the Creek.

Blackburn Fork Creek

From the banks of the Blackburn Fork Creek it is possible to go upstream to the falls, but passage includes wading in the creek.

Wading upstream

Do not attempt wading in high water. As always, use good judgment.

Falls Overlook Trail

Pick up the trail near the kiosk and enter the woods. In .10 mile the trail comes to a Y. For the Falls Overlook Trail, go left. In .15 mile the trail crosses a gravel road. Cross the road and enter the loop (a loop made by the gravel road).

Road Crossing to sign

After .10 mile the trail reaches and crosses the gravel road again. A trail sign points to the trail continuing toward the Overlook.


In .05 mile the trail comes to the Overlook. Please use caution and always stay away from the edge.

Start of the Falls Route

The trail continues for .05 mile to another exposed, fenced area. The Downstream Trail starts here. It is .30 mile to the junction with the Shortcut and .25 mile to the creek downstream.

Falls Route

Looking down the descent of the Falls Route

There is no trail to the base of the Falls. The Falls Route is indicated on the map, but it is unimproved. To follow the Route - descend the short sections of exposed rock, then contour toward the Falls. This route is not recommended.

Creek below the falls

Once level with the Creek, more scrambling will be involved to reach the base of the Falls. There could be uneven and slippery footing. Use your best judgment. The Route is .10 miles, one way, and is rated as difficult. The view from the Overlook is actually quite satisfying.